Hot Flow Yoga
Hot Flow Teachers
“I love Yoga, and sharing its light to manifest positive changes to this world is my life-path.”
Bruce led a typical pedestrian life, with two degrees in Engineering and an MBA. In 2006 he studied Reiki and then Mindfulness training and so began his journey into conscious and mindful living. This was followed by further esoteric and traditional studies; eventually leading him to Yoga.
In 2011 Bruce became a certified teacher of Vinyasa Yoga taught by Cherryl Duncan and Sarah Bentz of Living Yoga. Their teachings inspired him to teach others to experience Yoga. In 2013, to enrich his teachings, he completed the international Jivamukti Yoga 300hr teacher training course with Sharon Gannon and David Life. In 2014, he followed this up with a course in traditional Yoga meditation run by Abhyasa Ashram.
His love for Yoga now reflects through his teaching with emphasis on the Yogi’s individual requirements, irrespective of their level of practice, and acts as a “guide” for the Yogi on their journey.
His current interests relate to all aspects of Yoga, traditional Yogic practices, mantra, knowledge, devotion, with emphasis on pranayama and meditation.
All the teachings of Yoga are within our fabric and Bruce encourages students to rediscover the joy of Yoga for themselves through their own regular practice on and off the mat. Yoga unites us back with our creative source, and only the student can do this for themselves, becoming their own teacher.
“Yoga is a personal journey and it is my honour to guide students with confidence and joy on the path that is Yoga.”
To me, Yoga is learning to use the body more skillfully. Over time what was difficult becomes easy, what was awkward becomes familiar, so I keep working with more and more difficult and crazy postures. The point is not these postures though, I’m looking for a very specific response from my body; Discomfort. The Body/Mind can feel uncomfortable for many reasons:
– Maybe I’m working really hard and so gaining Strength and Endurance.
– Maybe a stretch is really intense, so I’m working into deep layers of tension.
– Maybe a posture is difficult or scary, so it brings up fear and limiting-beliefs I hold onto (I can’t do this, I’m not strong enough, I’m not flexible enough, etc)
In “sitting” with the discomfort I often find stored long-term tension and emotions that no longer serve me and, at times, I am able to release and move beyond them.
I used to think of my body as a tool, something which I use as I want, now I think of it more in terms of a domestic animal that I have a relationship with. This relationship can be healthy or discordant. Some days my body is beautifully open and strong, other days it feels tight and week. I’ve had to learn compassion to allow my body its seasons. I believe strong, vigorous exercise helps to release daily tension, burning off excess “flight/fright” chemicals in the body, so in my classes, I like to juxtapose strong, intense work with deep, relaxing release.
I essentially do not know life without yoga. I found myself in my first yoga class aged 6 and ever since then it has been an integral part of my life. Following the natural ebb and flow of life, there were periods where I felt myself more immersed in my practice than ever and times where my time on my mat was more sparse and spread out.
Every time finding myself back on my mat when life willed me there most.
I went on to practice Bikram at age 9 and a half and found Jivamukti, Vinyasa and Forrest yoga in my early teenage years. When it was time to go on and study something so I could forge my path forward, it seemed more apt than ever that I go study yoga. A process which only brought me even closer to myself, that expanded my growth and awareness exponentially. I started off with my 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training, then went on to Yin only to find myself at my Bikram Teacher Training- which had been a dream of mine since I was 12!
Yoga carried me through most of my greatest hardships, it cultivated a beautiful intimate relationship with myself where I have become truly comfortable facing myself and holding myself in love and tenderness. It has created a deep awareness of how I operate within my external experience of the world and also of my internal reactions to those.
Yoga has taught me so much and continues to do so every day that I am alive. It is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received and wish only to be the conduit that shares this beautiful gift with the world.
See you on your mats!